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The Ongoing Shadow of Post/Cold War Cultures on Inter-Asia Knowledge DecolonizationInter-Asian Decolonization of Knowledge under the Shadow of Post/Cold War Culture
Convener: Nai Fei (Fifi) Ding
The three individual and team projects herewith address the conundrum and contradictions of a so-called post-cold war, post second-world war, post-socialist orders through the prism of culture among societies and states in East and South East Asia. In the process, the projects address the unfinished decolonization of knowledge regimes – through political historical research, oral histories of contemporary “boat peoples,” feminist and medical comparative historiography, literary and performance histories and theories. On the one hand, decolonization is an ongoing unfinished intellectual project that continues to fuel contemporary cultural debacles. On the other hand, decolonization is a critical lens whereby contradictions and concepts in translation might be revisited and understood anew. (Prof. Ding)
This subproject adopts “post-cold war” as its central concern to revisit history and launch projects of social practice around the topic of decolonization of knowledge through Inter-Asian cultural studies. This subproject focuses on “cold war” as the beginning to decolonize knowledge. Through cultural history, textual analysis, and interviews, we analyze the conundrums and contradictions in a so-called post-cold war, post second-world war, post-socialist order, or post-authoritarianism world across societies and states in East and South-East Asia. This subproject includes topics that address the unfinished decolonization of knowledge regimes through political historical research, oral histories of contemporary “exiles,” comparative historiography on feminism and medical modernity, and literary and performance histories and theories.
The first and second years of this subproject focused on “revisiting cold war consciousness.” Our research output during the past two years is manifested in international conferences, local lectures, and academic publishing. Our collective concerns include reexamining “sex/gender” research as a “modern” knowledge regime, which has served as a conduit for (post-cold war) Western modernity, as well as how the modern gaze has become a (post) cold war knowledge (of war).
During the third and the fourth years, we will move onto the topic of “reexamination and archival reconstruction of post-cold war knowledge regime of modernity.” We will focus on revisiting the production and reproduction of labor under wartime (knowledge), the misplacement of human and material resources, the movement and relocation of the population, the wartime (post) national structure, and the biopolitical governance under the modern nation state and its knowledge production of cold-war division.
During the fifth year, we will focus on “social practice and methodologies for undoing cold war and knowledge decolonization.” We will propose different genealogies and methodologies of knowledge, in order to examine the subjects and knowledge that have been overshadowed by (post) cold war cultural discourses. We hope to propose concrete solutions for decolonizing Inter-Asian societies through the cross-fertilization of different knowledge productions.
*Towards Decolonizing Cold War Gender/Sexuality Knowledge—NaiFei(Fifi) Ding, Amie Parry, Hans Huang, Chien-Ting Lin, Jen-Peng Liu, Department of English, National Central University/Department of Chinese Literature, National Tsing- Hua University
*Discrepant Cosmopolitanisms: Bandung, Formosa, and the Asian 1950s— Yen-Ling Tsai, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, National Chiao Tung University
*An Oral History of the Vietnamese “Refugees” in Taiwan—Shu-Fen Lin/Asio, Liu, Institute of Social Research and Cultural Studies, National Chiao Tung University/ Mimeo Films Ltd.
*The Theatrical Knowledge and Artistic Production during the Cold War Globalisation in Taiwan— Ko Lun Chen, Postdoctoral Researcher, National Chiao Tung University
*The Production of Gender/Sexual Discourses and The Fantasy of Theory: On the Case of Boys' Love Studies— Jui-an CHOU, Postdoctoral Researcher, National Chiao Tung University